The Managing Director of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG), Mr. Samuel Dubik Masubir Mahama, has launched a one-month World Bank-sponsored training course on Electric Distribution Power Systems Planning, Design and Operations for engineers of the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority of Sierra Leone (EDSA) in Tema in the Greater Accra Region of Republic of Ghana.
Speaking at the launch of the training, Mr Samuel Mahama admonished the participants to take the course seriously and to ensure that they are up to the task of keeping the supply on for the customer while ensuring profitability for their company.
He added that “at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how genius an engineering work is if it is unable to maintain supply and ensure that the business remains relevant and viable.”
He noted that for every business to be in good standing, a lot depends on the employees who are charged with manning various aspects of the operations to ensure that the business grows.
A representative of EDSA, Mr Peter Kamuray, who spoke at the event, appreciated the relationship between Ghana and Sierra Leone and hoped that it would keep getting better.
According to him, four years ago, access to energy in his home country stood at 11 per cent.
He, however, said with deliberate planning, that figure rose to 33 per cent and that there are plans to increase this.
Mr. Kamuray mentioned that the capacity training instituted for the engineers of EDSA is part of the deliberate attempt at augmenting their energy access as they would need engineers to man the various aspects of the energy supply network.
The Director for ECG Training School, Ing. Dr. Marfo informed the participating engineers that the training would be made up of thirty per cent theory and 70 per cent practical.
He charged them to be diligent and interested in what they would be taught so that they can, on their own, manage the electricity supply system of EDSA on their own, without having to rely much on external support.
Dr. Marfo also appreciated the Management of ECG and EDSA for the training session, while he specifically mentioned and appreciated the World Bank for sponsoring the training programme.